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ARC Portugal

Cruise across the Bay of Biscay and day sail down the coast of Spain and Portugal to Marina de Lagos. Three weeks of sailing to the sun, tours and parties.
More than simply a voyage south to the sun, ARC Portugal appeals to summer cruisers, boats heading to the Mediterranean and to ARC participants. Social activities in every port and visits ashore to explore ancient Iberian cities and fishing villages make the rally a real holiday.
Invite a range of family and friends to join your adventure - day sails and great transport links make crew changes easy. The mix of people makes ARC Portugal a friendly and convivial summer cruise.
“The banter, the laughs, the story-swapping - you would be hard pushed to beat this experience”

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Aislig Bheag - 26th July – 4th August: La Palma

At 8am on Saturday the 26th we headed into the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary island of La Palma.  The marina seemed to be well organizes and fairly quiet. We tied up at the pontoon and after completing the formalities, headedoff in search read more...


Aislig Bheag - 24th to 26th July, Madeira to La Palma

On the morning of Thursday 24th July we checked the forecast which looked good for our sail south to the Canaries.We changed sails from the genny to the new twin headsails as it looked like a following wind. As we didn't want to arrive in La Palma read more...


Zoonie - 49:36.91N 06:10.34W Shipping Lanes and land in sight

Day 10 started in a flat, lifeless sea with the residue of fog around us.It really seemed that having lost the volume and depth of the ocean beyond theContinental Shelf it has lost its variety of life and especially the fabulouslapis blue. By read more...


Zoonie - 48:27.34N 11:12.33W Two days to Falmouth

Day 6 starts with trying to gain speed from the passing squalls – sometimesit works. I had two aims for the day, one to bring the blog up to date andsecond to have a shower and hair wash. Until these were achieved no more readingof Zane Grey’s Lone read more...


Zoonie - Santa Marina Azores to UK 45:21.92N 19:13.86W

As you can see we have now turned that illusive 45’ corner onto our finalleg home. We altered course at 25 minutes past midnight last night and have justhad a beer over lunch to celebrate.   Going back to last Monday, after the usual pre read more...

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ARC Portugal 2014 - A Fantastic 20th Edition. 27/06/2014

The 20th Edition of ARC Portugal came to an end Wednesday night where everyone gathered for a farewell supper and prize giving in Marina de Lagos.... more info

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World Cruising Club

Freebooter demonstrate their Sea-Xit - MOB Recovery

ARC Portugal 2013 participants Steven and Annemarie Westwood, owners of the Moody 425 Freebooter were more than happy to demonstrate their homemade MOB device at Mayflower Marina on Thursday afternoon during their obligatory safety inspection prior to the rally. Rob Gaffney, chief safety inspector at World Cruising was intrigued to discover a piece of safety equipment he had not come across previously. 

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